For this second Sunday in February 2016 we post two more prayers from the book Prayers of the Reformers (compiled by Clyde Manschreck; Muhlenberg Press, 1958).
The first prayer is taken from the section “Morning and Evening Prayers” while the second is drawn from the section “Prayers for All Sorts and Conditions.” I have slightly edited both of these for ease of reading.
Prayer for the morning
We render unto Thee, O heavenly Father, most hearty thanks, by Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, that this night past Thou hast granted of Thy fatherly goodness to preserve us from all evil, and to give our bodies rest and sleep:
We now most entirely beseech Thee that, as Thou hast raised up our bodies from sleep, so likewise Thou wilt deliver our minds from the sleep of sin, and from the darkness of this world;
that we, walking in the light of Thy blessed Word, may do only that which is pleasant in Thy sight, profitable to our neighbors, and healthful to our souls.
Amen [p.110, attributed to T.Becon]
For good ministers
Almighty and gracious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hast commanded us to pray that Thou wouldest send forth laborers into Thy harvest:
Of Thine infinite mercy give us true teachers and ministers of Thy Word, and put Thy saving gospel in their hearts and on their lips, that they may truly fulfil Thy command, and preach nothing contrary to Thy holy Word;
that we, being warned, instructed, nurtured, comforted, and strengthened by Thy heavenly Word, may do those things which are well-pleasing to Thee and profitable to us;
through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen. (p.106)